The Sky Racing Final and the GRV VicBred Series Final headline greyhound racing this week at The Meadows on Saturday night. The Sky Racing Final will take place over 600m in race seven, while the GRV VicBred Series Final will take place in race five over the usual 525m distance. Read on to see our best bets and quaddie picks.
BEST BET: Quinlan Bale (Race 10)
This Daniel Gibbons-trained chaser likes racing from the red box and is going for three on end from this draw. He has an excellent career winning strike rate of five wins from 11 starts which proves when the chase is on, he puts in 100 percent. His wins at The Meadows and Wentworth Park on April 20 and 30 were very good where on both occasions he took control after the first 150m. He then raced again at Wentworth Park in a Group 3 event (fifth), so it’s fair to say this race will be a little easier. He is a giant (38.5kg), so if he finds the paint early, it’s going to take a classy dog to manoeuvre their way around him or underneath him. There is a little bit of early dash in this race, so we are expecting he will sit second behind the leader after the first turn.
NEXT BEST: Bahrose (Race 12)
This Debbie Bewley-trained bitch has been racing consistently and she might have the early pace to land in a forward spot early. The each-way odds are enticing, and her recent 30.19 and 30.23 runs over the same track and distance prove that she’s right in this. The slight concern is that in her last three starts she has been a little slower at box rise, but she may be helped by the fact that boxes five and six aren’t blessed with superior early dash. Downstream for Jessica Sharp has been racing well over the shorter course and is the likely leader.
*Odds correct at time of publication
BEST VALUE: Hey Scooby (Race 1)
Tim Britton has four runners engaged in the first, and we have chosen his box six runner in Hey Scooby. The Fernando Bale x Tears Siam chaser will run for the second time over the 600m journey, after running a good third here from box one last week. He will be better for the run and he likes The Meadows, having won there on March 30 and May 4 over the 525m distance. He seems to be able to handle any box, so the six draw isn’t a really big concern. He is a big dog (35kg), so getting around the first bend untouched will be crucial. Britton’s Especially Rare has been jumping well and could be the one to chase down, but it’s hard to ignore the big odds about Hey Scooby.
Hey Scooby (6)